Saturday, April 7, 2012

Children and Their Pet Rabbits ~ Antique Oil Paintings

Have you ever known a child to resist a bunny rabbit?  They're so adorable.   It seems that at some time we've all had as our own, or known someone who had, or bought for our children, a pet rabbit.  I remember surprising Michael, Ethan and Jonah (before our other three came along) with rabbits one year at Easter.  I determined that, for us, owning pet rabbits was a better thought than idea...but that's another story.   

Nonetheless, children and their pet rabbits have long time been a favorite subject of painters. Though I am more keen to having a painting of an animal than actually having an animal, I can't resist the charm and pure innocence in the paintings I'm sharing here.   I adore each of these beautiful works of arts, and I hope you do as well.

The Favourite Rabbit, by John Russell (1745-1806)

Feeding The Rabbits by German artist Heinrich Hirt (1841-1902)

Children Feeding Rabbits by Joseph Moseley Barber

Little Girl with Rabbit by Hermann Kaulbach 
I have this print in an ornate, gold leaf frame in my office.  

Feeding The Rabbits by French artist Emile Munier (1840-1895)

Children Feeding Rabbits-Feeding Time by English painter Harry Brooker (1848-1940)

Her Favorite by Frederick Beaumont, England circa late 1800's

The Pet Rabbits by Richard Buckner, ca 1874

Germany's Felix Schlesinger (1833-1910) painted the three paintings above entitled 'The Pet Rabbit' and the three "Feeding The Rabbits" paintings shown below.

The rabbit seller by Johann Georg Meyer von Bremen

Rabbit Fanciers by John Frederick Herring, Sr.  
Remember my post with the Spode Hunt Scene plates that some of his most noted artwork is featured on? You can see and read that post HERE

Portrait of a Young Girl Holding Her Pet Rabbit by English painter, Frank Holl

Most of us have seen this one many times.  I have a small canvas print of it myself.  It is titled Boy and Rabbit by Henry Raeburn Inglis, 1814

Children with a Rabbit by Proudhon Pierre Paul, circa 1804-14 is housed at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Another painting most of us have seen is by Frederick Morgan entitled Feeding The Rabbits

Feeding The Rabbits by Robert Farrier 

Farm Interior-Breton Children Feeding Their Rabbits by William Lippincott (1849-1920)

Last is a painting that I thought too sweet not to include with the other children and rabbit oil paintings.
It is called Chinese Shadows, The Rabbit, circa 1895 by Ferdindand Puigaudeau

Most of these paintings are available in reproduction prints or oils so if you see one you like simply google the artist name and you're sure to find a company to produce it for you.

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I hope you all have a blessed and Happy Easter

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Transferware Bunnies

A few days ago I mentioned that I'd show you all some transferware rabbits.  These are so adorable.  They're made by Royal Crownford.    To my knowledge they only come in blue, brown, green and red.  I'd love to find a purple one.  

First, is this chubby little Green bunny.

The plate in the background is by Copeland/Spode...also perfect for Easter or Spring decor!

More transferware for Easter is the little egg shaped trinket box, by Masons.  It will be in my Etsy shop later today.

Here is little brown bunny who resides in my guest bathroom along with some vintage linens and perfume bottles:
and Miss Blue Bunny...she was sold to pay for...
...little Red Rabbit.  Red Rabbit lives with us to, in my kitchen.

I recently found this bunny and was so glad to add him to my collection of red transferware.  I hadn't seen one in this color before so I snatched it up as soon as I could.  There is one listed on Ebay right now for $75!  I have the green one in my shop for $45.
I filled an antique red transferware wash basin with reindeer moss balls (I use these for the topiaries I make and sell in my shop) and placed a jasmine topiary in the center with the bunny inside and some vintage crochet Easter eggs.  I think it turned out pretty cute...not your everyday Easter arrangement being red and forest green but it works with my kitchen decor.  

I hope you all enjoyed the bunny tour!  

I'm joining Kim for Wow Us Wednesday 
and Kristin for Tuesday's Treasures
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants